Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves continues to beg Vincentians to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Speaking on NBC Radio, Gonsalves says while he is aware that a number of persons have vaccine hesitance in SVG, through his recent travellings where he passed through Miami, vaccinations there have allowed some activities to return to normal.
“Are we going to be left as some backwater because of some silly reason not to take the vaccine,” says the prime minister.
Gonsalves says SVG has the vaccine and is urging citizens to take it, noting there have been no reports of adverse reactions in persons who have taken it.
The prime minister says every time someone calls him and says they want to see him, he asks if they are vaccinated.
Gonsalves states: “I’m not saying I will not see you, but you know there is a different regime obviously because around me everybody is vaccinated. All my security officers are vaccinated. The people at the Office of the Prime Minister whom I interact with are vaccinated.
If you come to me and vaccinated I could see you in my office easily, you don’t have to wear a mask… I don’t have to wear a mask though we still keep a particular distance.
If you are not vaccinated you will have to keep a further distance from me and naturally, you have to wear a mask. Not saying that I’m not going to see you.”
On another topic, the prime minister expressed concern over the continued disregarding of the COVID-19 protocols by some minibus drivers.
Gonsalves, who says he ‘fed up talk to the police’ about the minibus drivers, states this is an area where SVG has real danger.